BHPC: Depressive Disorders Case Study: Adult



Interactive Module

Target Audience

  • Interprofessionals
  • Registered Nurses


This Behavioral Health in Primary Care (BHPC) case study aids in assessing and developing a care plan for an adult presenting with a depressive disorder in primary care.


About the Series

NURSING IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH IN THE COMMUNITY is an NYU Meyers Initiative to maximize the potential of the nursing workforce as a vital part of the primary care team to address behavioral health concerns, including substance use and mental health, and mitigate social determinants that serve as barriers to good health.

This project is supported by the New York Community Trust. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply knowledge of risk factors of adult depression in the assessment and treatment planning of patients.
  2. Identify the comorbidities and mixed presentation of depression in the adult population. 
  3. Identify when to use assessment tools in a therapeutic manner during course of patient treatment.
  4. Establish a therapeutic relationship with patients to best implement evidence-based treatment.


Karina Santibanez, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Adjunct Clinical Professor

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing